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Henri van Raatle, c. 1910

an unknown artist

gelatin silver photograph on paper (sheet: 26.3 cm x 31.5 cm, image: 22.2 cm x 26.9 cm)

Henri van Raalte (1881-1929), etcher and curator, moved to Western Australia in 1910 having trained in his home town of London and at schools in Belgium and Holland. He had been exhibiting at the Royal Academy since 1901 and was an associate of the Royal Society of Painter-Etchers and Engravers. Van Raalte settled in Perth where he worked in a department store before establishing himself as an art teacher. In Australia he became known for his etchings of gum trees and the bush and held his first Australian exhibition in Perth in 1919. His work was exhibited again at the Royal Academy in 1920 and he held further solo exhibitions in Adelaide in 1920 and 1924. In 1922, van Raalte became Curator at the Art Gallery of South Australia. Having declared Western Australia to be a place where 'art was dead' he found the Adelaide gallery 'a pleasant backwater' but one troubled by lack of facilities and staff. Van Raalte developed and catalogued the Gallery's large print collection, established the United Arts Club, Adelaide, and was a member of the Australian Painter-Etchers' Society.

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased with funds provided by L Gordon Darling AC CMG 2009

Accession number: 2009.138

Currently not on display

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Artist and subject

Henri van Raatle (age 29 in 1910)

Subject professions

Visual arts and crafts

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The National Portrait Gallery acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and to Elders both past and present.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are warned that this website contains images of deceased persons.